Wednesday, November 13, 2013
My son LOVES vehicles of all sorts--cars, boats, big rigs, construction vehicles, buses, motorhomes, the list goes on & on & on, BUT his absolute favorite has to be the choo choo train. There is just something about trains that REALLY excites him. Thankfully we live close to a train track & he gets to see trains up close & personal on a very regular basis. Before you assume that the reason he loves trains that much is simply because he lives so close to them I can assure you that we also live in a zone of perpetual construction & while he does love construction vehicles--"orange trucks" is the generic name he has given those--they still don't match trains.
Because he loves them so much I am always on the lookout for train related stuff going on. On Facebook I am now following tons of homeschooling & fieldtripping pages & groups. And somewhere on one of them I saw that there was some sort of train related thing going on at the fairgrounds last weekend. I didn't know details & didn't know how much it would cost, but we went & asked at the gate. It was totally free, not even a parking fee, which I've never seen before. And it ended up being actual original steam trains that they are planning to restore & actually have running within the next 5 years. Some were open where you could go inside, but some you could only view from the outside. There was a magnificent passenger car from the 1800s, but we couldn't go inside. It was hard to view from outside as well, but we could see the curtains, there were seats & beds, etc. It looked like something out of an old western movie.
All in all it was amazing & my son LOVED every moment of it. He loved the caboose the best of all. I cannot believe how MASSIVE & LONG the engines were back in the 1800s!! I've never seen anything like it before.